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  SummitClimb Pumori 2006 Two new dispatches


Dan Mazur climbing steep snow on the way to camp 2. Camp 1 can be seen below. Copyright©Ryan Waters

Starting our Pumori expedition, Dispatch for 3 October

Hi EverestNews.com. I hope you are well.  We flew to Lukla early this morning. The weather was perfect and we were treated to amazing views during the 30 minute flight.

We arrived in Lukla and relaxed in the comfortable Namaste Lodge teahouse. It's a very beautiful lodge. We trekked for three hours downhill to Phakding. It's a stunningly beautiful trek along winding trails with lovely views abounding in all directions.

During our three hour trek we were able to see the amazing peaks of Kusum Kanguru, Numbur, and Kwangde Ri.

We saw almost no one on the trail today. Its very quiet, warm, and peaceful here. We are camped at the gorgeous Sunrise Lodge. It's a very lovely spot with a comfortable garden on the edge of the Dudh Khosi river at around 2500 metres. It was a very warm and sunny winter in this part of the Himalaya this year. The peaks are quite devoid of snow. You can see waterfalls coming down from the high summits. I have never seen it so dry and warm at this time of year. Everyone should come over here before the last glacier melts.

Tomorrow we are going to climb the big hill up to Namche Bazaar at 3500 metres. Thanks for watching the progress of our Pumori climb and Everest basecamp trek! Yours Sincerely from Dan and all of us at SummitClimb.com

Dear EverestNews.com Readers,

We apologize for the tardiness in our most recent dispatch. The team has been enjoying a gorgeous trek through the Khumbu Valley for the last 2 days.

Right now we are in Namche Bazar at 3400m. This is quite a large village and is widely considered to be the Sherpa Capital. We're taking a rest and acclimatization day today, as our ascent yesterday was around 900m - certainly more than the recommended 300m per day, but due to the complete lack of places to camp or stay from 2700m up to 3400m, every single group that treks the Khumbu must follow this schedule.

But, Namche is a great place to spend time! There are numerous bakeries, cafes and restaurants, and a couple of fun bars and plenty of fun souvenir shopping. There's even email via a relatively expensive satellite link. 

Speaking of which - this will be the last email dispatch. Further dispatches will be made by satellite phone and will be available on everestnews.com as a downloadable voice file. These are great fun to do as  - I've been told  - great fun to listen to! So watch out for them in the coming days!

We thank you for following the news of our expedition,

From all of us at summitclimb.com

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